How poverty affects children’s brains
Kimberly G. Noble - The Washington Post, 2 October 2015.
In a study published this year in Nature Neuroscience, several co-authors found that family income is significantly correlated with children’s brain size — specifically, the surface area of the cerebral cortex, which is the outer layer of the brain that does most of the cognitive heavy lifting. Further, we found that increases in income were associated with the greatest increases in brain surface area among the poorest children.
Study links passive smoking to problems in children
ABC, 30 September 2015.
Children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy — and even those born into smokers’ homes — are nearly twice as likely to develop behavioural problems, researchers have said. A study of some 5,200 French primary school children linked exposure to smoking with a range of troubling behaviour such as aggression, disobedience, lying and cheating.
Stop boarding school children being damaged
Nick Duffell - The Guardian, 29 September 2015.
Sending young children off to boarding school is a peculiarly British habit that can cause long-term damage among ‘survivors’. A new claim that modern technology means boarding pupils no longer feel cut off from their parents ignores the deep and lasting effects of institutionalised abandonment.
For first time, Canadian seniors outnumber children
Michael Chen - The Globe and Mail, 29 September 2015.
Senior citizens outnumbered children for the first time across the country, according to a Statistics Canada report released Tuesday. On July 1, 2015, people 65 and older made up 16.1 per cent of the Canadian population, slightly surpassing the 16 per cent who were 14 and younger. Of 35,851,800 Canadians, there are 5,780,900 seniors and 5,749,400 children, according to preliminary estimates.
The majority of children are in school, but...
Lant Pritchett - The Guardian, 29 September 2015.
If you want to find a child who lacks education today, the place to find them is in school. That’s because nearly all children are in school. That’s the good news. But the bad news is that hundreds of millions of children are starting school, going day after day, year after year, but not really learning.
Paid family leave research gains funding
Jamie McGee - The Tennessean, 29 September 2015.
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability a $193,000 grant to carry out a survey that addresses the needs and availability of paid family and medical leave. The grant is among $1.55 million being awarded nationally to support research on the development of paid leave programs.
Do your parents disagree with your parenting style?
Elana Benjamin - Stuff, 30 September 30 2015
In a culture that promotes individualism, outsourcing, and “expert” parenting advice, it’s easy to dismiss our mothers’ views as outdated, irrelevant and absurd. But if we devalue the wisdom of those who gave birth to us we create a precedent for our own children to similarly ignore us when they become mums and dads.
What natural parenting means to me
Diana Chaplin - Huffington Post, 25 September 2015.
Let’s be real for a moment and admit that parenting is H-A-R-D. Natural parenting, or wellness-oriented parenting, where you're trying to create an environment of health, happiness, and freedom from the toxins of the world is even harder.
Unintended and imperfect children aren’t unwanted
Jessica Cole - The Federalist, 24 September 2015.
Life will always be a struggle in one way or another. No matter the length of the journey, we all have an appointment with death in the end, and we will all experience some measure of sorrow and pain along the way. We cannot save ourselves or our children from this fate. But we can provide a chance—a chance to fight, a chance to grow, a chance to experience laughter and love. Is that not a chance every child deserves?
Children with cancer have unmet basic needs
Dialynn Dwyer - Boston.com, 23 September 2015.
Almost a third of the families with children diagnosed with pediatric cancer faced housing, energy, or food insecurity while their children were in treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, according to a new study from the center. The same study, published in Wednesday in Pediatric Blood & Cancer, found that one-quarter of the families lost more than 40 percent of their household income.